A new Volvo Service Centre has been opened in Nigerian capital Abuja by SMT Nigeria, the national dealer of Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Trucks and Volvo Penta
David Paradang, controller general of the Nigerian Immigration Service, officially opened the facility, which measures 20,000 square metres and features a 10-bay workshop, a full-length inspection pit and a parts store.
A number of dignitaries, including the Swedish ambassador to Nigeria and representatives from SMT Nigeria parent company SMT Group, were in attendance at the opening of the service centre, which has seen the recruitment of more than a dozen new employees.
SMT Group CEO Jérôme Barioz remarked, "Volvo products are strong and ideal for this growing market. Nigeria is a very important market for the group. Abuja is one of the continent’s fastest growing cities and Nigeria as a whole has huge potential."
SMT Group now has 17 sites in 13 countries across Central and West Africa, with SMT Nigeria operating branches in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano.
Commenting on the decision to open the centre, SMT Nigeria chairman Dr Michael Ade Ojo said, "It was an easy decision for the key stakeholders of SMT Nigeria to agree to and support the building of this magnificent Volvo facility in the heart of Abuja."
Svante Kilander, the Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, added, "I am extremely impressed with this new facility and I am very glad that we are pushing the Volvo brand in Nigeria."